–Current note: The global coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered our daily lives. Suddenly air quality issues have jumped to the forefront of health concerns. However, not in terms of traditional air pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide but in terms of biological threats, namely: SARS-CoV-2. Understanding how the virus survives and propagates through our environment is vital to knowing how we can best survive its presence before a vaccine becomes available. Based on our current understanding of the virus, not only is the virus transmitted via large droplets but it is also very likely transmitted via much smaller aerosol particles. Therefore, to create healthy low virus concentration indoor environments, we offer monitoring and control of indoor air quality for ‘freshness’ through measurements of several pollutants and environmental factors. Depending on these measurements, our system can automatically control a number of devices that will effect a healthier fresher indoor air quality for safer and healthier common spaces.–
Despite significant improvements in air quality in the last decades in most developed countries, air pollution remains a serious problem. According to the World Health Organization, about 6 million deaths annually are caused by outdoor air pollution alone. In Europe, that amounts to half a million deaths annually. As individuals, this is often imperceptible as air quality hides itself well as an invisible burden on our health.
We can address the growing need of people, businesses, and governments to know how environmental pollutants affect them and their families, their employees, and the general public by characterizing pollution at high resolution indoors and outdoors in real-time. Based on measurements and modeling: people will be able to take short-term decisions to decrease their exposure and make informed long-term decisions on where and how to live their lives; businesses will be able to make their workplaces safer, healthier, and more attractive for their employees; city governments will be better able to prioritize environmental concerns; and citizens will have the information to find solutions with neighbors, businesses, industry, utilities, and government offices regarding persistent environmental concerns.